Dave Davila, age 24, took a job in Chicago and had to leave his close-knit family in East Moline, Illinois. But family gatherings just weren’t the same without Dave.

His mom missed him terribly. She took a digital photo of him and had it blown up to his actual height – 5 foot 8 inches – and mounted it on heavy cardboard from a neighbor’s new stove box.

So there’s Dave, standing casually, hands in pockets, a blue button-down shirt hanging untucked over his khaki shorts.

They all call him Flat Dave.

At first, Flat Dave just showed up and stood quietly by at family gatherings. Then word spread throughout the community, and he became something of a celebrity in East Moline.

“Complete strangers want to pose with him,” said his brother Dan.

He also said, “I think Flat Dave’s actually better looking than the real Dave.”

Sometimes things get somewhat awkward for the real Dave – the one the family now calls Thick Dave.

The real Dave says, “I’m in Chicago talking to my mom on the phone, and she says, ‘Hold on, I’ve got to load you into the van.’ It’s a little weird.”

They replaced Dave.

Idolatry is when we try to replace God. Idolatry is anything we place where God deserves to be.

And that’s not just weird, it’s wicked.

The Bible says in Exodus 34:14, “for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” 

Our God is a jealous God in that He will not tolerate rivals. He will not be one of several gods in our lives; He must be Lord of all.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!